To achieve a realistic representation of the camouflage method they have employed a combination of printing technologies. First, the base color of unbleached linen was applied by silk screen. Then the streaks were digitally printed over top. And finally a clear varnish was applied. The result is a decal with the best qualities of both technologies.
Unlike paint effects that can be difficult to control for the novice, this method is both quick and easy. And it provides dependable results every time! Simply choose the area of the decal that has the desired streaking pattern and apply it to your model. A detailed description of applying these decals will soon be found on their website.
The inclusion of the plain unbleached fabric pieces adds continuity to the model, with the same base color being used for the cockpit interior and lower wing cross fields.
Since the base color is silk-screened, these decals are opaque and can be used to mask other colors. This is useful for areas such as cross fields, and “returned” edges on the lower fuselage and stabilizer. The decals act as a mask for the cockpit area make painting this area a snap, with no need for masking the wood side panels for painting. Simple apply your wood effect and then add the decals for a sharp, clean edge.
While a very pleasing effect can be created simple by using these decals, you can take them to the “next level” with a few additional brush strokes. The streaked affect can be intensified with the application of transparent strokes of color in the areas you wish. Transparent glazes can also be effective in shifting the streaking color closer to that used for your metal areas. Consider the decal an under-painting over which you will put your finishing strokes.
Repetition can be avoided by mixing and matching. As an example, rather than laying an entire continuous strip of decal on the main wing, use three individual pieces (2 tips and center section). On the next kit, switch the tips and rotate the center section to create a totally different pattern. Next time, pick from a different part of the sheet, etc.
Highs: Quick and easy to apply. Great adhesion. This sheet can be used in various forms to create unique camouflage patterns not just cookie cutter types.Lows: Colour needs less greyish tone for the best representation. Verdict: Aside from my nitpicks it is a great sheet and the best for 1917 German streaked representation I have ever seen.
About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...